is executive director of the Civic Institute (Občanský institut), a conservative think tank in Prague. Joch (1971) received an M.D. from the Charles University in Prague in 1996. He has worked as a fellow of the Civic Institute since 1996, becoming executive director in 2003. Joch lectures, gives commentary and publishes on political philosophy, international relations and national security issues. He is the author of a booklet American Foreign Policy and the Role of the U.S. in the World (Prague, 2000) and two books Why Iraq? The Causes and Consequences of the Conflict and The Revolt against the Revolution of the Twentieth Century — a treatise on the political thought of Frank S. Meyer, an American libertarian–conservative thinker and former senior editor of National Review. Joch was appointed to the Academic Council of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2006 for a 4-years term and served on an Advisory Council of Deputy Prime Minister Alexandr Vondra, dealing with the Czech Presidency of the EU in the first half of 2009.